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Anne Suda, cello

Since making her Kennedy Center debut performing Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire, cellist Anne Suda has enjoyed numerous solo and chamber music performance opportunities both nationally and internationally. Anne has been praised for bringing a contemporary sound to standard works with Jack Gabel of the Northwest Reverb writing,  “Cellist Anne Suda read so much contrast into the score, intermittently I felt I wasn’t hearing Debussy at all, but discovering his lost contemporary genius…it was the freshest I’ve heard.” Anne’s performances this season have included a featured performance on the Noe Valley Chamber Music series as Emerging Young Artists with contemporary chamber music group Nonsemble 6 and many performances with the Aleron Trio, most recently performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto. This summer Anne will perform in Spain and France on concert tours, and looks forward to performing the Brahms Double Concerto and Miaskovsky Cello Concerto next season.

Anne has participated in many master classes with renowned artists such as Matt Haimovitz, Colin Carr and Robert Mann of the Julliard Quartet. Anne has performed at national and international festivals including the Zephyr and Adriatic Chamber Music Festivals in Italy and most recently the Astoria Music Festival in Oregon, where she was invited to serve as Young-Artists-in-Residence with Nonsemble 6. Anne has also appeared as soloist for several seasons with the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, most recently performing the Dvorak Cello Concerto.

While studying abroad in Sydney, Australia, Anne served as principal cellist of the Sydney Conservatory Chamber Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Vanderbilt University where she double majored in English Literature, and completed her Master of Music Degree at the San Francisco Conservatory as a student of Jennifer Culp.  Anne began her cello study with her mother Carolyn Suda at age four.

Kelsey Walsh, piano

Pianist Kelsey Walsh is an enthusiastic supporter of new music, and enjoys performing contemporary works both for solo piano and for chamber ensemble. She currently co-directs the After Everything ensemble, which performs exclusively contemporary music. In the past, she served as co-director of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music‘s Hot Air Music Festival, and has had the privilege of working with several composers to create new works, including the twitter-based #armada project.

Ms. Walsh has been a top-prize winner in numerous local competitions including the Kensington Symphony’s Young Soloist Competition and the Crestmont Conservatory’s Honors Piano Competition. She has also been honored with the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony’s Outstanding Musician Award, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Janet Rose piano scholarship and Marina Grin Award  for “fine pianism, good citizenship, and selfless giving to the musical community.” Please check her website at for more information.

Kathryn Bates Williams, cello

Hailed by the New York Times as a “cellist with a beautifully rounded sound,” Kathryn Bates Williams has performed with various ensembles across the country. She is the current cellist of the award-winning Del Sol String Quartet, a group which mirrors her commitment to new music and collaborative projects across disciplines and cultures. She is also co-founder and cellist of the New Spectrum Ensemble, whose mission is to bridge the gap between contemporary and standard repertoire, while also breaking down the barrier between audience and performer. She was the cellist of the New Fromm Players at Tanglewood from 2008 to 2010, where she was called “the revelation of the concert” (Christian Carey, Sequenza 21). 
Ms. Williams has a B.M. from Rice University Shepherd School of Music, under the direction of Norman Fischer, and a M.M. in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory. She currently resides in San Francisco with her husband, talented chocolatier Shawn Williams of Au Coeur Des Chocolats.